Supply of Transparent Face Masks to Department of Health and Social Care – Market Engagement 13 January 2021

Supply of Transparent Face Masks to Department of Health and Social Care – Market Engagement 13 January 2021

DHSC are seeking to understand the market and supplier capabilities to provide transparent face masks.

United Kingdom-London: Protective and safety clothing

2020/S 252-638052

Prior information notice

This notice is for prior information only

Supplies

Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Official name: Department of Health and Social Care
Postal address: 39 Victoria Street
Town: London
NUTS code: UKI32 Westminster
Postal code: SW1H 0EU
Country: United Kingdom
Contact person: Amanda Scarfo
E-mail: Amanda.Scarfo@ppemake.gov.uk
Internet address(es):
Main address: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-of-health-and-social-care
Address of the buyer profile: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-of-health-and-social-care

I.2)Information about joint procurement

The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body

I.3)Communication

Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Electronic communication requires the use of tools and devices that are not generally available. Unrestricted and full direct access to these tools and devices is possible, free of charge, at: http://health.atamis.co.uk

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local subdivisions

I.5)Main activity

Health

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

II.1.1)Title:

Transparent Face Masks

 

II.1.2)Main CPV code

35113400 Protective and safety clothing

II.1.3)Type of contract

Supplies

II.1.4)Short description:

Since Covid-19, the need identified was for communicating with patients who rely on lip-reading and use facial expression to support communication; this includes people who are d/Deaf, have a learning disability, autism, dementia and other groups. Stage 1 will be an open market consultation held by the DHSC on Teams on 13 January 2021 and will include a Q/A stage. Stage 2 is the information gathering stage which will inform next steps for procurement.

 

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 36 000 000.00 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2)Description

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UK UNITED KINGDOM
Main site or place of performance:

UNITED KINGDOM.

 

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

 

Since the Covid-19 epidemic the need identified was for communicating with patients who rely on lip-reading and use facial expression to support communication; this includes people who are d/Deaf, have a learning disability, autism, dementia and other client/patient groups. DHSC are seeking to understand the market and supplier capabilities to provide transparent face masks. We have no pre-determined requirements for the face mask regarding construction however the following guidelines are provided to assist with the respondent’s response:

— Loop or tie-back depending patient/client group, could have a head harness which facilitates donning and removing easily, security of fastening, adjustable or self-adjustable, maintains position and face fit including comfort whilst wearing including walking and working under different conditions.

— Has a transparent area that enables the person interacting with the user to see a large area of the users face (the mouth area). The transparent area should be kept clear and not ‘fogged’ through the user exhaling.

— Is made of a construction that is comfortable for prolonged use, has no materials that in contact with skin will not cause irritation or adverse impact on health. Includes no latex rubber.

— A valve is not a requirement but if fitted must be protected against dirt and mechanical damage.

— Is constructed of materials that resist damage through mechanical handling and wear and tear over the period of intended use. No sharp edges or burrs. Passes testing to the appropriate standard.

— Has bacterial filtering that provides protection for either the patient or wearer.

— Protects against carbon dioxide build-up of the inflation air (dead air).

— Have protection against inward liquid leakage and liquid splashes.

— Must comply with standard flammability testing.

— the mask may be single use or meets the requirements for re-use,

— If disposable, the mask must meet regulations for landfill disposal.

— If re-usable all surfaces must have the ability to be decontaminated to the appropriate standard, will not be degraded by disinfectants and steriliser and the ability to clean between patients is essential.

— if a frame type design with disposable filter; all the surfaces must have the ability to be decontaminated to the appropriate standard, resistant to disinfectants and sterilisers.

— Should be available in different sizes.

— capability of the product and the design being successfully certified in the fullness of time.

— Must meet the same performance standards as FFP2, FFP3 (EN149:2001) (and/or) Type IIR masks (EN14683:2019) and/or powered air purifying options (EN12941).

 

II.2.14)Additional information

Further details regarding the submission process (including the submission template) will be provided post soft market launch. Please email amanda.scarfo@ppemake.gov.uk to reserve a place for this event to be held on 13 January 2021. Further details will be provided on registering.

 

II.3)Estimated date of publication of contract notice:

23/12/2020

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Description

IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3)Additional information:

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

23/12/2020